MA Curating Contemporary Design graduate from 2007, Fleur Watson has co-authored a book with Yael Reisner entitled, ‘Architecture and Beauty: Conversations with Architects about a Troubled Relationship.’
What makes the world’s top architects tick? Through discussions with 16 leading architects, including Frank O Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Greg Lynn and Wolf D Prix, unrivalled access is provided to the formative experiences, creative processes and motivations of some of the most influential design figures today. Through personal interviews, the authors Yael Reiser and Fleur Watson, capture the voices, thoughts and personalities of their subjects. The articles bring us up close to these creative minds with such widely differing positions and opinions, each expressing a very different point of view on aesthetics: whether they think beauty is integral or non-essential to architecture. Fascinating in what it tells us about individual architects and their work, most significantly Architecture and Beauty raises poignant issues regarding the place of beauty, aesthetics and self-expression within the psychology and the design process of the architectural avant-garde.
The book is published by Wiley & Sons and in May 2010.